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Scholarships and Fellowships

These scholarships and fellowships require outstanding academic performance (usually a minimum GPA of 3.75), a passion for your field of study and significant leadership experience. Some also require that you would be a good representative of the United States in another country. To apply, you must be nominated by the College; you do not apply directly to the sponsoring organization.

Begin planning to apply for appropriate scholarships and fellowships as early as possible in your academic career! For further information contact Dean Patrice DiQuinzio, Associate Provost for Academic Services (pdiquinzio2@washcoll.edu, 410-778-7206)

Prepare: Steps you can take to become a good candidate for these scholarships and fellowships.

For undergraduate study

Amgen Scholars

Stipends vary by host university, are usually between $4000 – $5000 for a summer.

Supports a summer laboratory research opportunity in the natural sciences including engineering, biotechnology and some areas of mathematics, at leading universities in the U.S., including Cal Tech, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, Washington University in St Louis and Columbia University.

http://www.amgenscholars.com/

Amgen Scholars take part in important university research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science; interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the world’s leading academic scientists; and attend scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events.

Offerings vary by host institution, some provide housing and support for the graduate school application process, such as GRE preparation and mock interviews.

Eligible to apply: Sophomores, juniors and seniors who will return to study at their undergraduate institution the following fall who plan on pursuing a PhD or an MD/PhD in the areas supported by the scholarship.

College application deadline: December 1

Boren Award for International Study

Up to $20,000 for study abroad in areas critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including study of a less commonly taught language.

http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship

Scholarships up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, including study of a less commonly taught language.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

Eligible to apply: Freshmen and sophomores

College application deadline: January 1

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Up to $7500/year for junior and senior students pursuing careers in math, natural sciences, or engineering.

http://www.act.org/goldwater/

Scholarships for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to $7500/year, to junior and senior students pursuing careers in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering.

Criteria include the applicant’s field of study and career objectives and the extent to which s/he has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field, as indicated in the statement describing his/her intent to enter an appropriate career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and specifying how his/her educational plans will provide preparation for that career. Students selected as scholars are expected to pursue advanced degrees.

Eligible to apply: Sophomores and juniors

College application deadline: December 15

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Up to $40,000 annually for senior year of college and first year of graduate study in programs relevant to the work of the US Department of State, such as international affairs, management, communications, history, political science, economics, and foreign languages.

http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/

Fellowships up to $40,000 annually for expenses for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study in programs relevant to the work of the US Department of State, such as international affairs, management, communications, history, political science, economics, and foreign languages.

The Pickering Fellowship seeks to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. The goal is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State.

Eligible to apply: Juniors

College application deadline: January 1

St Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia

Up to $15,000 for a year’s study, in the junior year, at one of four universities in Scotland: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrew’s.

http://www.standrewsociety.org/scholar.htm

Scholarships up to $15,000 for a year’s study, in the junior year, at one of four universities in Scotland: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St. Andrew’s; to promote understanding between the United States and Scotland.

Eligible to apply: Sophomores

College application deadline: February 1

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Up to $5,000 for undergraduate tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses, to students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment or to Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.

http://www.udall.gov/OurPrograms/MKUScholarship/MKUScholarship.aspx

Scholarships up to $5,000 for undergraduate tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses, to students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment, including environmental policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics or Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy or who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.

Scholars are selected on the basis of: Demonstrated commitment to environmental or natural resource issues; or to tribal public policy; or to Native American health care, demonstrated through substantial contributions to and participation in one or more of the following: campus activities, research, tribal involvement, community or public service; a course of study and proposed career likely to lead to position where the applicant can make significant contributions to the shaping of either environmental, or tribal public policy, or Native American health care issues, whether through scientific advances, public or political service, or community action; and leadership, character, desire to make a difference, general well-roundedness.

Eligible to apply: Sophomores and juniors

College application deadline: January 15

For graduate study

American Association of University Women Selected Professions Scholarship

For women in graduate school in architecture, computer and information sciences, engineering, and mathematics and statistics, and fellowships to women of color for graduate study in business administration, law and medicine.

http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/selected-professions-fellowships/

Scholarships for women at various stages of graduate training in architecture, computer and information sciences, engineering, and mathematics and statistics, and fellowships to women of color for graduate study in business administration, law, and medicine; originally to open doors for women in the male-dominated fields of law and medicine, later expanded to include science and technology as the demand for a technologically skilled work force has grown without proportional representation by women, to address the underrepresentation of women of color in promising professions and encourage cultural diversity in these areas, fellowships for business administration, law, and medicine.

Criteria include academic excellence, commitment to improving the human condition, and the promise of continued impact.

Eligible to apply: Seniors

College application deadline: December 1

British Marshall Scholarship

For US college graduates for graduate study at any UK institution in any field of study.

http://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Scholarships for US college graduates for graduate study at any UK institution in any field of study; covers university fees, cost of living expenses, annual book grant, thesis grant, research and daily travel grants and fares to and from the United States.

The goals of the Marshall Scholarship are to enable intellectually distinguished young Americans, their country’s future leaders, to study in the UK; to help Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation of contemporary Britain; to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science, technology, the humanities and social sciences and the creative arts at Britain’s centers of academic excellence; to motivate Scholars to act as ambassadors from the US to the UK and vice versa throughout their lives thus strengthening British American understanding; to promote the personal and academic fulfillment of each Scholar.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline:

Fulbright Fellowship for U.S. Students

A year’s support to do a research project, in any major or subject area, or to teach English outside of the US.

http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html

Awards a year’s support to do a research project, in any major or subject area, or to teach English outside of the US.

For an English Teaching Assistantship, primary criteria are the specific qualifications, training, and/or experiences related to the overseas assignment, how the applicant expects to benefit from the assignment, what use s/he will make of the experience your return to the United States and the quality of the proposed independent academic, vocational, or community service project that the applicant will do in his/her time outside the classroom.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline: September 15

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Scholarships for students outside the UK for graduate study at Cambridge University.

http://www.gatesscholar.org/

Scholarships for students outside the UK for graduate study at Cambridge University.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria: The applicant’s intellectual ability, leadership capacity, desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others, and a good fit between the abilities and aspirations of the applicant and what the University of Cambridge can offer in its graduate program.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline: September 1

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

Annual support up to $30,000 for up to the lesser of 48 months or completion of the degree for students with demonstrated financial need for study in selected fields in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/jacobjavits/

Criteria include a clear vision and purpose demonstrated in the personal statement, evidence of depth and breadth in the field of study as demonstrated in the transcript, and honors/awards or other activities related to the field, including those that show leadership. GRE scores are also considered.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline: August 15

James Madison Memorial Fellowship

Up to $24,000 to students planning to teach American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12) for graduate work in history, political science, or teaching in history or social studies.

http://www.jamesmadison.com/

Fellowships for graduate study leading to a master’s degree, up to $24,000, to students who plan to become a teacher of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12) for graduate work in history, political science, or teaching in history or social studies.

Criteria include demonstrated commitment to a career teaching American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level; demonstrated intent to pursue and complete a program of graduate study that emphasizes the Constitution and offers instruction in that subject; demonstrated devotion to civic responsibility; demonstrated capacity for study and performance as classroom teachers, and the proposed courses of graduate study.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline: February 1

Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship

For students committed to teaching science and mathematics in US high schools for five years of professional development support.

http://www.kstf.org/who-we-are/

For students and recent graduates committed to teaching science and mathematics in US high schools; who have exceptional content knowledge in science or mathematics, meaningful reasons for choosing high school science or mathematics teaching and realistic ideas about and respect for the work of teachers, understanding of the need for and having begun to develop the skills critical for teaching, and the potential to become the leaders and change agents in education.

The fellowship provides five years of professional development support including ongoing feedback and support from program officers with extensive experience in science and mathematics education, summer and academic year professional development, collaborative lesson study and yearly portfolios that document each Fellow’s progress as a teacher.

Fellows receive tuition support and monthly stipends while working on a teaching credential and a stipend during the summer months, funds for professional development and for teaching materials to support student understanding in scientific inquiry or mathematical problem solving. Fellows can apply for leadership grants and are given financial support to apply for National Board certification and for membership in relevant professional organizations.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline: December 1

Mitchell Scholars Program

Supports one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/3/en/George%20Mitchell%20Scholarship%20Program%20|%20US-Ireland%20Alliance.html

Supports one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Applicants are judged on three criteria: scholarship, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

Campus application deadline: August 15

National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship

$20,000 annual stipend for up to six years including paid summer internships with a government agency for graduate study in the physical sciences and related engineering fields.

http://npsc.org/

Fellowships of $20,000 annual stipend for up to six years including one or two paid summer internships with a government agency for graduate study in the physical sciences and related engineering fields.

The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education; the organizations that provide the internships select the fellows according to the following criteria: Whether the applicant’s field of study matches the employer’s needs, the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate course work and grades and research experience at a university or in industry. The GRE General tests are required; the Subject test is suggested.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline: October 1

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

$30,000 annual stipend, $10,500 allowance for up to three years and international research and professional development opportunities, for students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

Criteria include intellectual merit (the strength of the academic record, the proposed plan of research and whether it is potentially transformative, the description of previous research experience, references, and the appropriateness of the choice of institution relative to the proposed plan for graduate education and research) and broader impacts (contributions that infuse learning with the excitement of discovery, and assure that the findings and methods of research are communicated in a broad context and to a large audience).

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline: September 15

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

Up to $40,000 annually for a two-year, full-time master’s degree program in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology or foreign languages.

http://woodrow.org/fellowships/pickering/

Fellowships up to $40,000 annually for actual expenses during the first and second years of a two-year full-time master’s degree program in areas such as public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology or foreign languages), in US graduate institutions only.

Criteria include demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and academic achievement in programs relevant to the work of the U.S. Department of State and also whether a candidate demonstrates financial need

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline: January 1

Rhodes Scholarship

Scholarships for two or three years of graduate study at Oxford University.

http://www.rhodesscholar.org/

Scholarships for two or three years graduate study at Oxford University, including required university and college fees and a stipend for living expenses.

Criteria include Literary and scholastic attainments; energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports broadly defined; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent graduates

College application deadline: September 1

St Andrew’s Society of NY

Up to $30,000 for a year’s post-graduate study in Scotland.

http://www.standrewsny.org/Scholarship

Scholarships up to $30,000 for graduate study for students who can demonstrate the significance of studying in Scotland.

Candidates should possess the qualifications which will enable them to be good ambassadors for the United States while in Scotland. The basis for selection includes: Academic achievement, extracurricular activities, financial need, personal objectives and some Scottish descent

Eligible to apply: Seniors

College application deadline: November 1

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Up to $30,000 for graduate study in public service fields.

http://truman.gov/home

Scholarships up to $30,000 for students who intend to pursue graduate degrees in public service fields, also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.

Criteria include the applicant’s values, interests, and motivation for a career in public service as indicated in answers to application questions, the applicant’s plan for study and the quality of the applicant’s Policy Proposal on a significant policy issue or problem in his/her intended area of public service, in the form of a memo to the government official who s/he feels has the most direct authority to resolve the issue (e.g., President, Cabinet Officer, Governor, Chair of a Legislative Committee).

Eligible to apply: Juniors

College application deadline: December 15

Venture for America

Salary of between $32,000 – $38,000/year and benefits, for two years work in a start-up or new business.

http://ventureforamerica.org/

Five-week Venture Fellow Training Camp and two years of work at a start-up or early stage company in one of VFA’s Partner Cities. Venture Fellows meet monthly to discuss work experiences as well as supplementary readings and assignments. After the conclusion of the first year, Venture Fellows gather for an “Intermission”, where they debrief about their individual experiences with their class members.

At the conclusion of the second year of their assignment, Venture Fellows will attend a capstone where Venture for America will award $100k in seed investment to the highest performing fellow or fellows of the class. This seed investment may either go to support the Fellow’s current company or to a new enterprise that the Fellow wishes to found or co-found immediately or at a later date, at his or her discretion.

Eligible to apply: Seniors and recent alumni

College application deadline: Minimum of six weeks before VFA’s deadlines.